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2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Mad-City Ski Team. Originally founded as Capital City Ski Team, the club has performed over 1,000 free shows at Law Park on Lake Monona.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, the Mad-City Ski Team has invited past and present members to a reunion ski show on Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m.
The general public is invited to enjoy a free show from some of the greatest water skiers of all time including more than 30 ex-professional skiers from Tommy Bartlett, Sea World, and Cypress Gardens.
Who: Mad-City Ski Team/Capitol City Ski Team
What: 50th Anniversary Ski Show & Celebration
When: Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m.
Where: Law Park, Madison
The Mad-City Ski Team is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers that perform free water ski shows for the Madison community throughout the summer and compete in regional and national water ski show tournaments. The team is national recognized for it’s innovative shows and thrilling water skiing. The team has won National Championships in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Contact: Matt Heilman (608) 279-5771, Don Heilman (608) 279-2732, Russ Tieman (608) 516-5912
The Mad-City Ski Team, along with approximately 1500 other show skiers, is off to compete in the National Show Ski Tournament this weekend (August 12-14) at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI.
The team took 2nd place at the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament in July, and we’ve turned added a few more skiers to some of the acts, created some new ones and made our show even bigger and better for the National Tournament this weekend.
Mad-City will be skiing at approximately 7:45am on Saturday morning.
If you want to make the trip down to Janesville to watch our show, it’s a short 45 minute drive from the east side of Madison and the tournament is free to attend. Here’s a link to driving directions to the ski site. It’s just a short trip down Interstate 90/94 to the site.
If you can’t make it Janesville on Saturday morning, you can still see our show. USA Water Ski in cooperation with the USOC will be webcasting all day on Saturday and Sunday. Whether you’re at home or on the go, you’ll be able to watch the tournament wherever you are. Here are links to the where you can view the tournament online:
The links likely won’t do much until the tournament starts on Saturday morning.
For more information, including the running order of the tournament, here’s the USA Water Ski press release about the tournament.
For Immediate Release
Date: May 4, 2011
Subject: Mad-City Ski Team wins China Tournament
The Mad-City Ski Team traveled to Beijing and Laiwu, China this week to compete in the Sino-American International Water Ski Competition against the Chinese National Water Ski Team.
The teams competed head to head in performing difficult water ski acts such as four tier human pyramids and acrobatic jumping. Mad-City took 1st place by a mere 30 points, and Dan Wang of Mad-City was named Best Male Skier.
The 20 person team heads back to Madison on Friday and will prepare for its summer season which includes FREE shows at Law Park on Lake Monona every Sunday night. The team will compete in several tournaments and again will contend for the Wisconsin State and National titles. Mad-City most recently has won the State and National crowns in 2004, 06, 07, 08, and 09.
Check out the Mad-City Ski Team website for more information about the Laiwu and Beijing competitions, and general information on the team.
For questions contact: Matt Heilman at email@example.com
The Mad-City Ski Team is headed back to China to showcase their talent on the international stage once again. The team found out about the opportunity from an email announcement from the National Show Ski Association on March 23 that the Chinese Water Ski Association was preparing for the Sino-American Water Ski Show to be held from April 28th through May 6th. The team sent in their bid later that day and was awarded the bid the following day. The team then had 3 days to assemble their complete roster (and passport info) so the travel arrangements could be made. Needless to say, it was a challenge to get everything arranged for a group of 15 skiers and 2 family members to travel half way around the world for an 11 day trip with just a one month notice.
The team leaves for China from Madison at 7am on April 27 and will arrive in Beijing, China on the 28th (via a brief pit stop in Chicago’s O’Hare airport and a 13 hour flight). The team will have a day of training on April 29th at the Beijing Shunyi Olympic Water Sport Park (the 2008 Olympic Rowing Venue) before performing shows on April 30th and May 1st. After the shows are over, they’ll take a 5 hour bus trip to the Lai wu Shan dong province for additional shows on May 2nd and 3rd. On May 4th they’ll have an opportunity to visit Lai wu before heading back to Beijeng where they’ll get to do some sight seeing on May 5th before doing a little shopping and heading to the airport to head back to Madison on May 6th.
The team roster consists of Mallory Zink, Danielle Zink, Olivia Jahn, Karli Pickney, Ann Tieman, Kristen Block, Megan Rishling, Brad Meier, Bob Panter, Russ Tieman, Paul Pauers, Gary Pickney, Jayson Rishling, Dan Wang and Arik Lebda. Sarah Jahn and Jacci Meier, family members of two of the team members, will be traveling with the team. Danielle, Olivia, Karli, Gary, Dan, Arik and Sarah are making their 2nd trip to China for the ski team.
The Mad-City Ski Team has been performing shows on Sunday nights in Madison since 1963. Shows run from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Sunday’s at 6:00p.m. As one of the finest show ski teams in the country, the Mad-City Ski Team has won 5 National Championships since 2004.
Representatives of Skipper Bud’s and the Mad-City Ski Team presented a check for $3000 to the American Family Children’s Hospital.
Skipper Bud’s organized Project Snowflake that took place on the frigid shores of Lake Monona on Saturday, December 4th. Skiers from the Mad-City Ski Team performed a small ski shows on the soon to be frozen lake. A raffles was held with variety of prizes and donations were collected for the fund raiser.
Click on Project Snowflake for more details about the event.
On October 12 and 13, the Mad-City Water Ski Team will be competing in an international water ski competition in Liuzhou, China. Mad-City was selected over several other competing teams to travel for eight days to China and compete in The Sino-American Water Ski Competition. Hosted by the Chinese Water Ski Association, fifteen of Mad-City’s most talented skiers will perform 2 days of head to head competition against the Chinese in front of over 20,000 spectators.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Mad-City Ski Team,” said Mad-City board member Gary Pickney. “The hard work and dedication the team has put in over the last several years has not only produced 5 National Championships, but now the opportunity to travel all over the world to showcase our talents.”
Area water skiers have been invited to perform in various water ski shows world wide. Recent trips to Jamaica, India, and Dubai have given water skiers a chance to travel the world, and only those that excel are selected. The Mad-City Ski Team has a history of excellence, and they have been rewarded with the chance to compete in China.
“The chance to represent USA water skiing is a tribute to the quality of skiing we have on the Mad-City Ski Team,” said Pickney. “We’re excited about heading to China and performing some top notch skiing.”
The Mad-City Ski Team has been performing shows on Sunday nights in Madison for 48 years. Shows run from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Sunday’s at 6:00 p.m. As one of the finest show ski teams in the country, the Mad-City Ski Team has won 5 National Championships since 2004.
Local sponsors Lands End, Evinrude Outboards, Skipper Buds, Malibu Boats, Mueller and Future Foam have helped outfit the team to send them to China.